KILN OF THE FIRST FLAME & GWYN, LORD OF CINDER
the Firelink Altar (Frampt or Kaathe can warp you there). Place the lord souls
into the Lordvessel and the door ahead will open.
The path to
Gwyn is very straightforward. The only enemies standing in your way are several
Black Knights, each with a unique Black Knight Weapon. Circle-strafe and
backstab. All of these knights always drop Titanite Chunks, so this is a great
area to farm for those.
If you’ve been following this walkthrough, Solaire will be available to help with this fight. His sign (pictured above) is at the top of the steps that lead down to the fog door. This makes things remarkably easier.
BOSS – GWYN, LORD OF CINDER
you defeat Gwyn, there’s no going back. You’ll have to begin a New Game+
ironically, vulnerable to fire, so Pyromancers should have no problem. Equip some
flame resistant armor (we were using Smough’s armor) and a flame resistant
shield (we used a Black Knight Shield). As a Pyromancer, we equipped the
Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring (sold by Griggs) and used the Pyromancy spell ‘Power
Within’ just before entering the door.
battle begins, Gwyn will always perform a leaping attack. Dodge this, then stay
close to him. Solaire should draw him away from you. When this happens, hit
Gwyn as hard as you can with high level Pyromancy spells. What we did not
realize in the video (obviously) is that when Gwyn grabs Solaire, he is
invincible for most of the animation. Still, Great Combustion and Great Chaos
Fireball make short work of Gwyn.
other methods that work, too - even if you’re solo. Staying very close to Gwyn
is actually better than backpedaling, so long as you can read when he’s about
to use his grab attack. Roll out of the way and use this opportunity to either
heal or hit him hard.
You can also
parry nearly all of Gwyn’s attacks. This takes skill, but smaller shields like
the Target Shield increase your parry window. Obviously, a mistimed parry could
be disastrous, so be careful. If you are going to use this method, make sure to
use the most powerful one-handed weapon you have for the riposte.
battle, light the bonfire for the ‘good’ ending. Leave the area for the ‘bad’
ending. Congratulations! Time for New Game +!